Red / SI2k Comparison

Friday, May 29th, 2009

We recently invested in a SI2k mini camera- same one used on Slumdog Millionaire. We’re bidding to shoot a commercial project for the Olympics. A comparison between the RED one and the SI2k was eminent. We were kindly loaned Toronto based Ben Goldenberg’s RED ONE and had our footage processed by the friendly fellas at RED LAB Toronto. Walt @ Red Lab had us in and colored the footage with his technical eye. The Si2k has a slight bit more latitude, finer grained noise in the shadows and most importantly a easier workflow on set and in post. Though to be honest, the images from both cameras were quite comparable, but not film.

Currently in development to use the SI2k mini for film scans of super 8 and 16 to 2k.. shhhhh…
Can you spot the Si2k mini in the pictures?

2 responses to “Red / SI2k Comparison”

  1. Anonymous says:

    The 2K mode in the RED ONE is only used when you want other framerates… We generally use 4K and in that case the RED ONE has the advantage…

  2. Frame Discreet says:

    The 4k on the red is pretty sweet, the DOF is shallower due to the size of the sensor and you can get a higher resolution image. However from our tests, the si2k had a tighter grain structure, about 1 stop more latitude in the highlights. Finer grain in the shadows/underexposure areas. The Red can get you faster frame rates in 2k mode, which is a nice advantage.

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